How many and who?
The maximum number of students in a Woodworking
class is 14. Because, by design, everyone is doing their own thing, I
must run really hard to get to everyone. Students are expected to understand that the price of being
able to choose their own projects, instead of everyone doing the same, teacher
chosen, project, is that you may have to wait patiently for help. Patience and
good manners are among my expectations in the shop, not only because
they make the class run smoothly, but because the class structure
offers a good opportunity to teach these basic social skills.
Complex or unusual projects take more of my time for
planning and problem solving and for teaching special concepts and
skills. I expect students who attempt unique projects to understand
that they may have to wait longer for help
than those with more routine projects. If three students are starting
spoons, I can help all of them at once, which helps me get to others